CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern head volleyball coach Christy Mooberry announced on Thursday that Kent Clayberg will join the Bucs' program as assistant coach. Clayberg comes to CSU with more than 20 years of experience and most recently was the head women's volleyball coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
Clayberg was involved in coaching at Central College since 1998 when he was named the assistant women's volleyball coach. He was promoted to head women's volleyball coach in 2003 and served in that position until the conclusion of this past season. His team won three NCAA Division III National Championships, had eight NCAA tournament bids and won ten Iowa Conference Championships. Clayberg was named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
"Kent's personality and purpose in coaching is a great fit with our group," Mooberry said. "He also brings a set of experienced eyes, potentially a different way of explaining things, and one more set of hands to help practice be more individualized. I've already seen this be beneficial to our athletes. To have someone with Kent's experience is such a gift both for the athletes and us as a coaching staff."
Prior to arriving at Central College as a coach, Clayberg served as a graduate assistant volleyball coach and Exercise Science instructor at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He has been a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) since 1998 and was an AVCA Top 20 poll voter from 1999-2009. Clayberg was also an Iowa High Performance tryout assistant and camp coach.
"As volleyball coaches, every player is a puzzle and every team is a puzzle," Clayberg said. "You are simply deciphering the information you have available and considering possibilities and finding ways to make things work. Over the course of 20 years of college volleyball, there is not a lot that I haven't worked through in the past."
Clayberg said that academics are a very important part of what he does as a volleyball coach and his record shows that success. While at Central College, his team had a national record 17 consecutive AVCA Team Academic Awards. Clayberg had 122 players named Academic All-Conference, while the conference average was only 62. He is excited about the opportunity to work with Mooberry and join the coaching staff at Charleston Southern.
"When I was contacted by Christy, the more I interacted with her, the more I got the sense that this is the kind of coach I want to work with," Clayberg said. "She has been fantastic and Rick (Banis) has been great too. They are good coaches and good caretakers of the girls on the team."
Clayberg graduated from Central College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. He received a Master's of Education in Physiology in 2003 from Iowa State University.